Pennsylvania joins the rest of the country in observing National Child Passenger Safety Week September 15 through 21.
Saturday, September 21 has been designated as “National Seat Check Saturday.”
Pennsylvania law requires that children under the age of four ride in a federally-approved car seat that is appropriate for the child’s age, height and weight. Children between the ages of four and eight must use a booster seat if they are no longer in a car seat. The law lists as a primary offense the lack of seat belt use by those ages 8 through 17. And, it is a secondary offense for drivers and front-seat passengers who are eighteen and older to travel without being buckled up.
PennDOT funds resources such as training and educational materials for 145 car seat fitting stations across the state. More than 5,000 car seats were inspected at those stations last year.
The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol recommends that you read and follow the instructions that come with the car seat and in your vehicle’s operating manual. Unless you are using a child safety seat with the LATCH system, use your car’s seat belt to anchor the child seat to the vehicle. Make sure the seat’s harness fits snugly, and use a tether strap if the seat requires it. Fill out and return the registration card for your car seat so you will know if it is recalled because of a problem.